DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - A Dubuque, Iowa woman is celebrating this week after getting her GED, which was a goal 71 years in the making.
Surrounded by photographs in her Dubuque home of a loving husband and successful descendants, 85-year-old Lois Houselog can say she has led a good life.
However, one thing has always stuck in her mind.
"I only graduated from eighth grade," Houselog said in her home Wednesday afternoon. "I never went to high school at all."
After finishing eighth grade in a one-room Dubuque County schoolhouse in 1941, Houselog started working instead of continuing her education.
"At that time, there were no school buses," Houselog said. "When I graduated from eighth grade, I was, like, seven miles from a high school, and, you know, in the early 40s, there were a lot of kids that did not go to high school."
With her husband Norbert "Butch" Houselog deceased 10 years now and her children long out of the house, Lois Houselog decided to get her GED.